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i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines — thousands of civilians flee the iraqi city of kirkuk, after the iraqi army seize control from kurdish forces. well, we've suddenly had to pull back, there was a sustained outburst of gunfire at the position up ahead. we can't be sure where it came from. we get an insider's take as the most powerful communist party in the world gets ready to hold its congress in beijing. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme. watching over the waves, shark—detecting drones take to the skies in australia to make surfing safer. and could a cycling accident put the brakes on ed sheeran‘s upcoming asia concert dates? the star warns his fans some shows could be affected. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning.
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it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london, and two am in kirkuk in northern iraq, where the iraqi army has seized control from kurdish forces. kurdish forces — also known as peshmerga — had run the city for the last three years, after iraqi forces pulled out in the face of advancing troops from the so—called islamic state. but a row over kurdish plans for independence have left two regional powers, who co—operated to overcome islamic state, shooting at each other. the us has called for both sides to work to restore calm. our middle east correspondent orla guerin and cameraman duncan stone have this report from kirkuk. pledging to defend kirkuk. this morning, still defiant. a
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handful of fighters with a few guns and reneges. and locals with whatever came to hand. we lost 2000 men fighting is, he says. we are not afraid of the iraqi prime minister. further on, fear had emptied the streets. remnants of unity on display with kurdish and iraqi flags. but this checkpoint is now a front—line. no—one seemed sure how to defend it. locals said that iraqi forces were closing in. shia militia units linked to a government at a site behind these buildings. then this. gunfire.
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we had to scramble for cover. we suddenly had to pull back. there was a sustained outburst of gunfire at the position up ahead. we cannot be sure where it came from but it seemed to be coming ahead of us, from positions where we were told there were iraqi military forces. in the last few seconds, we have heard gunfire up ahead. as kirkuk slipped out of kurdish hands, an exodus began. desperate civilians heading north towards the autonomous kurdish region. it felt like the city was emptying before our eyes. somewhere asking why no—one was helping them after they helped the world to fight is. the kurds have been betrayed one more time. the world is just silent when it comes to the kurds. it is not fair.
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by by evening, and iraqi victory parade in the centre of the city. baghdad said the takeover was largely unopposed. some locals in this ethnically mixed city welcoming the troops. mahale fractured country is now divided a new. the hollywood film production company which was co—founded by harvey weinstein says it is in talks to sell the bulk of its assets to a private equity firm. the weinstein company sacked harvey weinstein after a series of allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. 0ur correspondent in los angeles, laura bicker, gave me the latest. this company were going to be putting immediate money, and immediate funds into the weinstein
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company. this comes after an avalanche of allegations that harvey weinstein avalanche of allegations that harvey wei nstei n faces avalanche of allegations that harvey weinstein faces from dozens of women dating back decades. the company has struggled over the last few weeks to continue business as normal. avi's brother bob weinstein who co—founded the company with them came out to saveit the company with them came out to save it was business as normal and things were continuing. however, now it seems that this is the financial lifeline were looking for. one of theirfilm lifeline were looking for. one of their film releases starring benedict cumberbatch, it is called the current war, it was due to be released in november. that date has now been pushed back. there are signs that the company is perhaps trying to find a way to change the culture, change its name and find a way forward in the wake of the scandal. also this hour — the us army sergeant who was captured by the taliban after walking away from his base in afghanistan has pleaded guilty to deserting his duties and endangering the lives of fellow troops.
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bowe bergdahl spent five years in captivity before he was released under a prisoner swap deal. bergdahl, who donald trump called ‘a no good traitor‘ during last year's presidential election campaign, will be sentenced later. the philippines military says its troops have killed the main leader of the so—called islamic state group in south—east asia. isnilon hapilon was on the us list of most wanted terrorists. he was killed in marawi, which has been partly held by insurgents since rebels attacked there in may. at least 36 people have been killed by wildfires in portugal in the past twenty four hours. officials say the blazes, have also killed three people in spain. the spanish prime minister has accused arsonists of being behind at least some of the fires, many of which are burning out of control. some worrying news for ed sheeran fans — the singer has broken his arm. he put this image on instagram, saying he fractured his arm in a bicycle accident. he's due to start the asian leg of his world tour on sunday — including taipei, japan, south korea, the philippines, singapore and thailand.
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he says his injury could affect some of those shows — and will give more details soon. the most powerful communist party in the world is getting ready to hold its congress in beijing — where the next five years of plans for china will be drawn up. more than 2,200 high ranking delegates will come together, starting on wednesday — amid some of the tightest security in the world. let us explain... victor gao is a chinese international relations expert and former translator to deng xiaoping. hejoined me from beijing — and i began by asking him just how far xijinping was likely to go to secure his legacy — and whether that might mean trying to extend his presidency beyond the two—term limit. i think china is holding its breath
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for the upcoming 19th party congress. all of the delegates have gathered here in beijing and the meeting will start very soon. i think it is a major event for the president to consolidate his control over the party of the government and over the party of the government and over the party of the government and over the military. this is unprecedented in recent decades. i think the general expectation is that there will be new amendments written into the party constitution and president xi jinping written into the party constitution and president xijinping will emerge at the end of this party congress as at the end of this party congress as a stronger lead up with more consolidated power. most likely there will be indications that he will serve more than in an terms in the future. do you think that he should serve longer than two terms as set forth in the constitution? that would be basically following in the footsteps of your former boss,
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deng xiaoping and mao zedong. indeed. i think the general indication among the party leaders seems to be that china will need a stronger leader, china will need greater stability at the top of the leadership and president xi jinping over the past five years has demonstrated enough of his wisdom, commitment and vision and courage to engage in major initiatives which turn out to be good for the chinese people as well as for the rest of the world. therefore i think, for example, if the party delegates will decide that president xi jinping should serve more than two terms in the future, i believe that will be good for the party, for china and also good for the world. xi jinping faces some formidable challenges going forward including staggering
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social and regional inequality, soaring debt and environmental problems. yes, indeed. if we look back over the past three decades, every year we have major problems and major challenges. this is not unusual. china today has major challenges as well, both at home as well as on the global stage. having these difficulties and challenges is not a major problem. president xi jinping and the party and the leading here as well is that people here in china just need to keep innovating and keep doing the right thing going forward and overcome these problems and emerged again as stronger and more determined for reform and for the greater good of the chinese people going forward. i am sure that this party congress will be one of those very rare historical events and political
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events which will lay a solid foundation for china's greater and stronger growth going forward. the world will indeed be watching. that's right. the congress starts on wednesday and we will bring you the development here on tuesday and throughout the day on bbc world news. to australia now, where a new tool is being deployed to try to keep swimmers safe from the risk of shark attack. specially fitted drones are being used over the surf along the coast of new south wales — and as well as giving early warning about sharks, they can also help swimmers who run into difficulties at sea. hywel griffith has been to see them in action. a shadow in the sea, or something more sinister? from the beach it is difficult to tell but from the sky a drone has a clear view. it feeds
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into deep learning software which it is claimed has a 92% success rate in spotting sharks as well is less threatening species. everytime it sees a dolphin, wail, or race winner in distress it learns its shape. launched along the beaches of new south wales, the drones can patrol for a0 minutes. daniel was one of the first to train as a lifesaver pilot. i cannot physically run out and had allowed and save someone but sitting on the beach we have an eye on the sky and we are just another layer of protection, really. the drones not only observe, they can react by dropping an inflatable device. it will not replace the use of shark nets and drum lines that some claim do more harm than good. last year around australia there we re last year around australia there were 17 unprovoked shark attacks. the number is not that high compared
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to how many people enter the water that it to how many people enter the water thatitis to how many people enter the water that it is a national preoccupation about the question about sharing beaches between sharks and people. when the shark washed onto this shores recently it was welcomed and chris and fluffy. not everyone wants to get so close, even if chances of an attack our minimum. it is an innate human fear of being attacked by wild animal. but the risk to people entering the water, it rates so people entering the water, it rates so low on the scale as opposed to all other threats of going about your daily life. traffic, cars, bee stings, all of those things. and four regulars in these waters, it is all part of the experience. four regulars in these waters, it is all part of the experiencelj four regulars in these waters, it is all part of the experience. i and swimming here once, six months pregnant and the shark came out. swimming here once, six months pregnant and the shark came outlj did freak out a little bit. if i will die, did freak out a little bit. if i willdie, i did freak out a little bit. if i will die, i would did freak out a little bit. if i will die, iwould prefer to did freak out a little bit. if i will die, i would prefer to be eaten bya will die, i would prefer to be eaten by a shark than have a stroke and end up in a nursing room. the drones
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will not be on every beach every day but it should give everyone a better understanding of what is down below. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme — spin and bear it! we'll reveal how the pregnant duchess of cambridge came back to her royal duties with a spring in her step. when stars collide — for the first time, we find out what happened 130 million years ago parts of san francisco least affected by the earthquake are returning to life. but in the marina area, where most of the damage was done, they're more conscious than ever of how much has been destroyed. in the 19 years since he was last here, he's gone from being a little—known revolutionary to an experienced and successful diplomatic operator. it was a 20 pound bomb that exploded on the fifth floor of the grand hotel, ripping a hole in the front of the building. this government will not weaken.
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democracy will prevail. it fills me with humility and gratitude to know that i have been chosen as the recipient of this foremost of earthly honours. this catholic nation held its breath for the men they call the 33. and then... bells toll bells tolled nationwide to announce the first rescue and chile let out an almighty roar. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories. thousands of civilians flee the iraqi city of kirkuk, after the iraqi army seize control from kurdish forces. the film production company co—founded by harvey weinstein says
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it is in talks to sell the bulk of its assets to a private equity firm. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world — and we start with the japan times which is reporting on the united states' continued efforts to curb north korea's nuclear programme. the us and south korea navies kicking off a massive, five—dayjoint military exercise in the waters near north korea. the south china morning post is reporting on plans to make hong kong's sky—high home prices more affordable. chief executive carrie lam wants to reclaim land outside hong kong's iconic victoria harbour for housing projects. and lastly, the international edition of the new york times is reporting on fears that china's communist party is losing its grip on young minds. the government's ordering schools to intensify efforts
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to promote communist party values. this photograph showing children at a red army school in china's southwest sichuan province. now babita, what stories are sparking discussions online? the duchess of cambridge has returned to her royal duties at a charity event in london. it's her first public appearance since it was announced in september she was expecting the couple's third child but suffering severe morning sickness. here she is at paddington station in london — dancing with none other than paddington bear himself. more on that story at bbc.com/news. night stands. —— nice dance.
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authorities in vietnam have launched a new alert as typhoon khanun is approaching the country. people are still struggling to recover from last week's floods that killed at least 72. thousands of homes have been completely submerged and some 22 thousand hectares of rice fields have been damaged. the government has said these were the worst floods in decades. for the latest updates on the situation i'm joined now by bbc‘s hoang nguyen who is in hanoi. what more can you tell us about the floods and the tropical storm? the typhoon appears to be either weekend oi’ typhoon appears to be either weekend ordid typhoon appears to be either weekend or did not even reached the mainland in the north. note that which are causing some rains and that is worrying the government. it was one of the worst floods in decades. as you mentioned, the latest figures we
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haveis you mentioned, the latest figures we have is 76 confirmed dead and 27 missing. we are talking about over 100 people losing their lives during this period. thousands of families have been displaced and thousands of homes have been submerged due to this heavy rain and floods. are these families receiving enough help, is there enough food, water and medicines in the evacuation centres ? and medicines in the evacuation centres? i went to the most affected area in the south—west of hanoi and there is no clean water and elect to city. there is some primary schools and secondary schools. 0lder city. there is some primary schools and secondary schools. older people and secondary schools. older people and children were sent by their family to outside areas but to stay there, the conditions are really bad. you can smell the dead animals
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and fish. you are just talking about medicine. identity there is much medicine. identity there is much medicine provided. ——i don't think there is much. i was given a small tube of skin care of something when you get itchy or something like that. the people here are so resilient and they are helping each other. does the government need international help to help these displaced families and residents who need this attention? well, the british ambassador to vietnam sent his deep condolences to those who have families or relatives who lost their lives yesterday. he offered help in terms of providing assistance, research on climate
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change and so forth. then they are of hanoi visited the area that we just talked about and asked for equipment to calm to get the water out of the area to rescue people but to be honest, i don't see where they can pump the water out because the whole area was totally submerged. thank you so much for that latest update from hanoi. it's not often we bring you news of something which happened 100 and thirty million years ago — but this next story is just too big to pass up. —— 130 million years ago. scientists say they have observed the moment two neutron stars came together in a collision so big, it sent ripples through the very fabric of the universe. as you might expect , this report from our science correspondent pallab ghosh contains flashing images. it's the longest straight line in the world. a 2.5 mile pipe containing a laser that can detect powerful explosions in space. inside, a technician
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fine—tunes the instrument. it has made a discovery that has shaken the scientific world. two stars colliding in a galaxy far, far away. around 800 billion billion miles from earth. the two stars got closer and closer until they merged, resulting in a huge shock wave that rippled across the universe. the massive explosion led to the production of rare elements, such as gold and platinum. neutron stars are what is left over when giant suns die and collapse in on themselves. they are so densely packed that a teaspoon would weigh one billion tons. and here is the actual sound of the collision. low humming and pop they then become part of planets when they form, including here on earth. the explosion was picked up in the control room here.
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it took place 130 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. and it is only now that the light and gravitational waves have reached us. within seconds, telescopes all over the world were pointed at the colliding stars. this is what they saw. the collision created distortions, stretching and squeezing space. these are known as gravitational waves. researchers say that there are likely to be many more discoveries using gravitational waves. of objects in the universe that we have not yet imagined. pallab ghosh, bbc news, livingston, louisiana. you have been watching newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us.
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electric dreams. we'll see how china is taking the lead in the race for an electric—car future. under babita sharma in london. before we go, there was an eerie red sky that appeared across much of the uk on monday afternoon. incredible. the bbc‘s weather team says it is due to the remnants of hurricane 0phelia dragging in dust from the sahara. the debris going into the airfrom portugal and sahara. the debris going into the air from portugal and spain sahara. the debris going into the airfrom portugal and spain fires also played its part. they are reflected in longer wavelengths, making it appear red. we captured it on camera. the worst of the winds affected the
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south of ireland. our friends experience winds gusting up to nearly 100 miles an hour that even here in the uk, we had winds in excess of 70, 80 and even 90 mph. here is the ex— hurricane, what is left over. still very powerful winds. gale force winds blowing through the irish sea will still be moving across northern ireland, scotla nd moving across northern ireland, scotland and northern england during the course of tuesday. the nasty weather still with us over the next few hours before it pours out into the north sea and eventually the re m na nts of the north sea and eventually the remnants of that into norway. travel disruption is still very much a possibility first thing on tuesday morning. particularly around the pennines, the lowlands of scotland. we could get us of up to 70 mph. this is the scene around five a.m.. to the south, at different story,
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winds are much, much lighter. through the morning, very quickly the winds will ease. for most of us, in terms of the weather over role, not a bad day. certainly by the time we get to the afternoon, just a scattering of showers here and there. wales and the medline is getting hazy sunshine. east anglia and the south—east still have some weather. —— midlands. some of us mid week will have some rain, from wales to northern england to the north—west. to the south, maybe just a couple of showers. be prepared for a couple of showers. be prepared for a wet day in the north of the country on wednesday. still mild in the south. the summary stormy start
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on tuesday and then quieter mid week —— summery. then it could turn stormy again. a reminder of some spectacular orange skies we have seen across the uk thanks to hurricane 0phelia roaring up some smoke particles from spain and portugal, from the wildfires there. also we have had some saharan dust in the weather as well. goodbye. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story. iraqi armed forces have moved into the centre of the city of kirkuk. their advance came after kurdish forces withdrew. iraq's prime minister says his military is acting to protect the unity of the country, following a kurdish referendum on independence, which iraq's government says is unconstitutional. the film company co—founded by harvey weinstein says it's in talks to sell the bulk of its assets to a private equity firm, after its board sacked the producer over a series of allegations of sexual misconduct.
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and here's what's trending on the website, bbc.com — the duchess of cambridge has returned to her royal duties at a charity event in london. it's her first public appearance after it was announced she was pregnant with her third child and suffering from severe morning sickness. here she is at paddington station in london — dancing with none other than paddington bear himself. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news in a special episode of hardtalk, stephen sackur speaks to the hollywood icon and activist, jane fonda.
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